How Teacher Certification Programs Must Change to Meet the Growing Demand for Online Classes
Tuesday, March 26 12:10-12:30 PM Location: Grand Couteau
Presider: Lunes Gassant, Grambling State University, United States
Abstract: Many teachers are graduating their certification programs with high qualifications to teach students in traditional classrooms, but lack the skills necessary to teach in the 21st century online classroom. Online high schools are changing the face of how students are learning in virtual environments and with the explosive growth of online charter schools, teachers of traditional high schools must keep up with the strategies and best practices that are making those schools more attractive to students who prefer to learn with the use of multimedia and technology. Some estimates predict that half of all high school classes in the United States will be taught online by the 2019 (iNACOL, 2011). Teacher education programs must prepare for this transition by training teachers in the proper use of technology and teaching within a virtual environment. Current research indicates how teacher preparation programs can improve to meet this demand.